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  • Last Updated: July 30 2014, 16:14 BST

Highland Reel has been made favourite for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby following his success in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Highland Reel: Impressive at Glorious Goodwood
Highland Reel: Impressive at Glorious Goodwood

Aidan O'Brien's Galileo colt had caught the eye on his debut before storming to victory in a maiden at Gowran Park, which was enough to see him sent off a well-backed 10/11 favourite for the Group Two contest.

Despite taking a bump early, he had little trouble in slamming seven rivals by over two lengths and his superiority saw bookmakers take evasive action.

Stan James were most impressed, going 10/1 for the Guineas and 8/1 for the Derby, while bet365, Sky Bet, Betfred and BetVictor offered 12s for the season's first Classic at Newmarket.

As for the Derby, a race he's bred to win, Highland Reel is a general 12/1 chance with Betfred dangling a standout 14/1 (from 20s) in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's race.

BetVictor spokesman Charlie McCan said: "It might not have been a vintage renewal of this Group Two contest but Highland Reel could hardly have been more impressive and it will be interesting to see if his end of season objectives are back over a mile or whether he is kept to today's seven furlong trip.

"He looks a colt of huge potential."

Earlier on the card, the picture for the Ladbrokes St Leger became clearer as Snow Sky beat fast-finishing Windshear in the Gordon Stakes.

Both horses were cut to 14/1 generally for the Doncaster contest, although Paddy Power, Betfred and totesport offered 16/1 about the runner-up.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Snow Sky has emerged as a serious contender for the Leger on the evidence of his Gordon Stakes win but many will have been equally taken with the fast-finishing Windshear who caught the eye especially."

William Hill value the form highly and make both the first two home 10/1 chances, but they were also keen to keep Hartnell on-side considering he beat Windshear comfortably at Newmarket.

"Snow Sky could emulate Conduit by going on to St Leger glory for Sir Michael Stoute, but the most interesting betting change is Hartnell - now the form is franked he looks a real player," said spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The so-called 'Duel on the Downs' saw Kingman beat Toronado to confirm his status as the best miler in the UK and John Gosden's colt was made a 4/7 chance for the QEII at Ascot on Champions Day by Paddy Power.

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